Friday, April 10th, 2020

Cat Fleas On Humans

 By the time you realize you have a flea problem, the problem is 20 times as bad as what you think. Soon the fleas will be jumping on you as well as your cat. Though flea bites are small,  the more bites we get the more our immune system begins to struggle. Not trying to scare you or anything, but fleas bites have been known to start plagues if the flea has come in contact with a disease carrying organism.

Cat fleas do not live on humans. However, they can and most certainly will bite you if you are handling an infested cat. The common area you will get bitten is your feet and around your ankles. This will cause red, itchy bumps. If you are bitten, be sure to wash the infected area with some anti bacterial soap and definately do not scratch. As with any other insect  bite, it can become infected.

Humans can also have flea allergies, and will suffer from rashes and itching that usually occur about 12 hours after a bite. This can occur especially in children, whose immune systems are much lower than that of an adult. A sure sign of a flea bite is a “halo” of irritated skin.

Fleas will generally jump from animal to animal, and because you handle your cat while petting or grooming, they tend to jump on you to find another host.

Although a flea cannot break through human skin, and our body temperature is too low for a flea to live on us, they can carry a disease and possibly transmit that disease to you and your pet. These parasites also carry tapeworms, though the chances of this happening are pretty low.

If you have one flea bite, remember you probably have 20 fleas for each one that you see. Your pet should be put on a montly flea treatment such as Advantage or Frontline. You should also wash your bedding and clothes, and treat your home with a spray or fogger to ensure that the infestation does not spread even more.